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  • Locations: Minneapolis/St. Paul, United States
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: HECUA 
  • Restrictions: St. Thomas applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Final Application Deadline Decision Timeline Start Date End Date
Fall 2022 03/15/2022 03/15/2022 TBA TBA
Spring 2023 10/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be contacted shortly after all application materials are completed.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: 2 - Sophomore, 3 - Junior, 4 - Senior
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.0 Subject Areas: American Culture and Difference, Business, Communication and Journalism, Economics, Education, English, Entrepreneurship, Interdisciplinary Courses, Journalism, Marketing, Media Studies, Philosophy, Social Work, Sociology & Criminal Justice, Theater, Urban Studies, Women's Studies
Housing Options: Apartment/Flat, Residence Hall/Dormitory Internship Available: Yes
Program Sponsor: HECUA Research/Independent Study: Yes
Program Description:

Explore art and imagination centered on personal creative practice and social transformation.

Art for Social Change studentsProgram Description

How can we create beautiful and just lives? Our imaginations and creativity are essential to changing the world. Art-making and creative practices offer ways to heal, dream, and to make our dreams a reality. Inspired by these values and questions, Art for Social Change students experience and create challenging art by examining topics including; embodied practice, mindfulness, identity, the art object, behavior, self-care, community, and liberation.

This interdisciplinary program offers all students the opportunity to gain valuable skills and grow their professional networks to be creative change-makers in their communities. All students complete an internship for academic credit related to their interests, learning with and contributing to a local change-making organization. Recent internship sites have included Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center, Weisman Art Museum, and Pangea World Theatre.

This immersive learning community is grounded in examining the dynamic relationship between personal transformation, social change, and creativity. Taking our mobile classroom to community art spaces, museums, a meditation center, and the street we learn with some of the leading community and social practice artists in the Twin Cities. Through this collaborative learning experience, we push the boundaries of the nature of “art”, whom it serves, and what it can say and do in today’s society.


HECUA programs are highly experiential, interdisciplinary and integrated. We go beyond the classroom. By combining theory and praxis, you will apply classroom knowledge to real-world work in an internship with a local organization that is working to advance movements for justice and equity. Students and faculty are seen as co-teachers and co-learners. Through HECUA, you will gain hands-on experience, develop new skills, make connections, build your resume, and develop your own capacity to make change. 


Through an internship with a local organization, students begin to test and implement their own change-making skills. Past internship sites have included the Tamales y Bicicletas, Women's Environmental Institute, MN350 and Lily Springs Farm. Students meet local organizers, build professional networks, and spend 12-15 hours/week hours at an internship, working for organizations dedicated to social transformation. Students leave the classroom with increased capacity in their own abilities to effect change in their communities, and a deep understanding of the local nonprofit landscape. 

Courses & Credits

Courses are taken as an integrated whole and provide a semester’s worth of credit (i.e. 16 credits or the equivalent at your institution). HECUA’s courses provide upper ­level credits, and nearly all students obtain significant major or minor credits for participating in this program. HECUA staff are available to assist students in negotiating credit transfers.


  • Art and Culture in Political, Social, Historical Context (4 credits)
  • Arts Praxis: Social Justice Theory and Practice in the Field (4 credits)
  • Internship and Integration Seminar (two courses, 8 credits)

Student Testimony

Art for Social Change was so fulfilling for me as a learner, artist and activist. The discussions and readings were riveting, the art making was exciting and inspiring, and the guests speakers were amazing. I feel like my art making will forever be impacted by being a student in this program. - Megan, University of Minnesota. Click here to read student blogs about Art for Social Change.


This program is open to any undergraduate students currently enrolled in a US college or university who have completed their first year of college and maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, although any applicant with a GPA between 2.0 and 2.5 will receive additional review. Prospective students are encouraged to contact with any other eligibility questions. 

No prior experience required

Students with some or no media making experience are welcome in this program. Students from any academic discipline are welcome.


HECUA offers multiple scholarships to students each term. BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color) students, first-generation students, and students from low-income backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Visit our website to learn more. Students are encouraged to discuss options with their home institution's financial aid office. 

Health and Safety

HECUA has been vigilantly and constantly monitoring the evolving conditions of COVID-19, including tracking updates from the Minnesota Department of Health, Center for Disease Control, World Health Organization, the US Department of State and other credible sources. Click here to view HECUA's most recent COVID-19 updates.

Program Fees

Visit the program costs page on HECUA's website for a detailed breakdown of program costs.

To Apply


  • November 1st - early bird scholarship deadline
  • December 1st - spring US programs deadline
  • March 1st - early bird scholarship deadline for summer and fall programs
  • April 15th - summer and fall US programs deadline

Click here to apply now


Program Structure
The local HECUA office and staff organize cultural activities, academics, and housing and provide onsite student support.
Visit the HECUA page for all program information including: academics, course dates, cost, housing and excursions.
Application Process for Other Approved Programs
This program is offered through one of our approved program partners. In order to participate you must apply through, and be approved, by both St. Thomas and the program.
Application Process

Attend a first-step session. Dates posted online at
Schedule an advising meeting. This meeting will review:

any questions you have about studying abroad, including program selection if you are considering multiple programs.
the course approval process
how to apply to Other Approved Programs

Notify your study abroad advisor of final program selection.
Complete all St. Thomas application materials by the St. Thomas application deadline.
Complete program application via the program’s website by their deadline. 
University of St. Thomas application deadlines:
October 1 for January Term and spring semester programs
March 15 for summer, fall semester and year-long programs.
Please note that some programs have deadlines earlier than St. Thomas.
St Thomas Criteria for ParticipationMinimum grade point average of 2.5.
Students may not apply for, maintain an approved application, nor participate in a Study Abroad program while on academic or conduct probation. Any disciplinary records may be a consideration for approval to participate in an off-campus programs.
View all eligibility requirements for study abroad through St. Thomas: > Student Policies.
Some programs have additional criteria.

Financial Aid/Scholarships
Financial Aid Awards (grants, loans and scholarships) typically apply to study abroad. Visit for instructions.
The Office of Study Abroad, and other approved program partners, offers scholarships. Visit, and the program’s website, for details.

Program Information
For additional program information, contact the program partner.
For application procedures contact Study Abroad.
Office of Study Abroad
University of St. Thomas
MHC 212 (Mail 5026)
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105-1096 USA
Tel: 1.651.962.6450
Fax: 1.651.962.5199